Welcome to German at UNE! Learning German has the potential to positively transform your life and open up new opportunities and experiences for you.  If your dream is to travel widely or to study or work in an international organisation in your own country or abroad, or if you want to advance your career and personal prospects, German is an ideal language for you to learn. There are many reasons for this. A sound command of German

  • allows you to travel and work almost anywhere in Europe - German is the most widely spoken language in Europe;
  • enhances your employment and mobility options in your own country and abroad;
  • makes you a more versatile, aware and effective intercultural communicator;
  • can give you a head start on the competition in diverse fields of knowledge, ranging from the arts to business and the sciences;
  • provides you with first hand access to German history, society and culture;
  • increases your cognitive skills and improves your overall brain function;
  • leads to a deeper understanding of English and of language systems in general.
Why study German at UNE?

German offers a variety of courses and units to meet your study needs. On-campus and off-campus students undertake the same units, submit the same assignments and sit the same examinations.

German units provide for entry at two levels: students with little or no prior knowledge commence their studies with GRMN101 and GRMN102, while students with HSC German or equivalent commence with GRMN201 and GRMN202. Native speakers may apply for special permission to commence their studies at 300 level. If you are in doubt as to which entry level is most appropriate for you, you should contact AskUNE for advice.

The two sets of 300-level language units are both at the same level (B1-2 in the Common European Referencing Framework). They differ in terms of content. GRMN301 (Professional German 3A) and GRMN302 (Professional German 3B) are practically-oriented units which prepare you for the workplace. GRMN307 (German Language 3Cand GRMN308  and German Language 3D) are general advanced language units. Both sets of units can be core units in the German major, so you may do either the professional German or the advanced German set or both.

If you enrol in GRMN201 and GRMN202 or above, you may concurrently or in subsequent years enrol in the literature and culture electives. These electives cover literature, film, culture and politics and run in alternate years: GRMN203 (German Social Movements in the European Context), GRMN303 (Contemporary Short Stories), GRMN304 (Contemporary German Film), GRMN305 (Love, Betrayal and Politics) and GRMN306 (Societies in Transition).

German can be studied at undergraduate, Honours, and postgraduate level. All courses can be undertaken full- or part-time. Interested in a research higher degree? Supervision is also available for MPhil and PhD candidates.

Here are some further excellent reasons for studying German at UNE:

  1. You will study content that is highly relevant, practical, informative, enjoyable and engaging;  
  2. You can study most German units face-to-face on-campus, or fully online;
  3. You will be taught by Australia’s largest, most experienced and trusted online university-level German language provider;
  4. When studying online, you can enjoy once weekly, interactive, ‘live’ (synchronous) group virtual classroom sessions that are accessible from anywhere in the world;
  5. We present you with flexible entry points, depending on prior knowledge and proficiency;
  6. If you study your main degree at another university, you can still study German with us;  
  7. Depending on your degree, you can study one or two trimesters in Germany or Austria or undertake an internship at a German, Austrian or Swiss work place – it is a chance of a lifetime!
In-country language study

You can study in a German-speaking country as part of your degree. UNE has exchange agreements with universities in Austria and Germany for in-country study which can be credited to UNE degrees.

If you enrol in the German major in the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business, the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws, the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science, the Bachelor of Education (Secondary Studies), or the Bachelor of International Studies, you can choose to spend one or two trimesters studying a language in-country.

If you enrol in the Bachelor of Languages, the Bachelor of Languages and International Business, or the Bachelor of International and Language Studies, it is compulsory to undertake in-country study.

The universities with which UNE has agreements or bilateral exchange agreements are:

Find out more about overseas language study

Undergraduate courses

German can be studied as a major in the following courses:

Bachelor degrees

You can also study German as an elective in almost any Bachelor's course offered at UNE; check the course rules to see how many electives you are permitted to include.

For Bachelor Honours see under postgraduate courses.

Undergraduate Diplomas

in which you can study German

Postgraduate courses

German can also be studied at postgraduate level in coursework or research programs.

Bachelor Honours

Find out more about Honours

Postgraduate research

Find out more about Higher Degree Research


Any language coupled with another skill can lead to an in-depth and interesting career. A degree with a major in political science and German, for instance, would suit a student interested in working for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, United Nations or international relations. Coupled with science, proficiency in German will open up job opportunities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland for which a non-German speaker would not be able to apply. Likewise IT and German could provide job-seekers with opportunity to enter the lucrative IT industry in Germany, and Law would open up opportunities with the EU or aid agencies. In addition to this, teaching is a rewarding career which combines well with a foreign language.

Partnerships and networks

We have partnerships with the following universities:

Further Information

For further information, please contact AskUNE